Monday, December 7, 2009

Carl Nielsen - The Four Temperaments

Nielsen titled his second symphony 'Four Temperaments' (Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholic and Sanguine)inspired by a painting he saw at an inn depicting the four temperaments. He completed this symphony in 1902. His opus 16. These temperaments are primarily connected with people and their general condition. They reflect on divergent personalities of the players for whom he wrote it. However, the symphony should not be considered programmatic. This symphony is polytonal. It is dedicated to Feruccio Busoni. Michael Schonwandt delivers a capable reading with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.